Holocaust Memorial Museum talk takes stance against rising antisemitism

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum presents “Battleground for Truth: Confronting Antisemitism and Holocaust Denial” 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 4 at Temple Solel in Paradise Valley.

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The Holocaust challenges citizens to ask critical questions about the attraction of ideologies, the responsibility of individuals, and the importance of leadership in both free and oppressed societies.

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is exploring these and other questions in a national conversation that many consider is more urgent than ever, given the rise of extremism and the enduring power of hatred.

The museum is in the midst of a $540 million national campaign, “Never Again: What You Do Matters,” to make critical investments to keep Holocaust memory alive as a relevant force for change.

A conversation will be held on the rising threat of antisemitism in Europe, the Arab world, and on U.S. college campuses.

Guests will learn how the museum uses its collections, educational resources and its network of scholars to combat distortion and denial of the Holocaust and offers direct access to evidence of Nazi crimes and atrocities.

Featured speakers will be Mina Abdelmalak, Arabic audience outreach specialist on the Initiative on Holocaust Denial and Antisemitism, and Aleisa Fishman, historian, Initiative on Holocaust Denial and Antisemitism.

Both individuals have extensive knowledge about the overreaching campaign to ignite the flames of antisemitism through Holocaust denial and other tactics.

“The program helps generate wide community participation on all levels in the museum’s ‘A National Conversation’ that asks the fundamental question: ‘What can the Holocaust teach us about society and ourselves today?,’” said Steven Klappholz, the museum’s western regional director.

“The discussion is of extreme importance in light of the growing sentiment of antisemitism and seriously addressing what steps can be taken to educate and overcome such dangerous attitudes.”

In the 21 years since it opened, the museum has educated and inspired more than 38 million visitors, including more than 10 million children and nearly 100 heads of state.

A permanent reminder on the National Mall in Washington of what can occur when the world fails to take action, the museum inspires citizens and leaders alike to confront hate and indifference, end genocide, and promote human dignity.

Phoenix area schoolteachers – and many more from all 50 states – are trained each year in how to make the Holocaust relevant and meaningful to young people. The museum brings together policymakers, diplomats and heads of state to focus on ending the continuing scourge of genocide.

The “Battleground for Truth: Confronting Antisemitism and Holocaust Denial” presentation is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required. Individuals interested must register at ushmm.org/events/battleground-arizona by Friday, May 1.

Contact 310-556-3222 or email at western@ushmm.org with questions.

Temple Solel is located at 6805 E. McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley. The event is presented in partnership with Temple Solel.

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